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Civic Centre included in budget

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Coun. Scott Fielding (St. James-Brooklands) has announced that the 2014 capital budget includes allocating $1.6 million to the St. James Civic Centre (2055 Ness Ave.) for renovations and upgrades.

Seniors and board members at the St. James Assiniboia 55+ Centre (203 Duffield St.) plan to move their activities from the third floor of the Deer Lodge Centre to the main floor of the civic centre and increase their educational, physical, and social programs. However, many infrastructure changes need to be made to the centre.

The project is expected to cost about $5.6 million, according to its campaign proposal. In addition to the $1.6 million from the budget, Fielding said he and Coun. Grant Nordman (St. Charles) provided the project with $300,000, for a total of $1.9 million.

Connie Newman, St. James Assiniboia 55+ Centre board member, said she’s thrilled.

"As long as the budget passes, we’re partway there," Newman said.

Fielding said the rest of the money is contingent upon the provincial government.

"Without the provincial government on this, the project won’t go ahead. It’s really important that they step up to the plate to make the project a reality," Fielding said.

— Staff

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